Today at MC some staff attended a workshop about using Explain Everything on the iPads.
The following are some of the resources we looked at and also some links to further information.
Here’s an Explain Everything video from iPad guru Tony Vincent. In it he uses various features of the app to visualise what the number of apps in the apps store looks like. Of course it’s a little out-of-date now but the video gives a good overview of what’s possible with Explain Everything.
This is a video created by primary aged students on the lifecycle of butterflies.
Another one on Digital Citizenship:
This video gives a quick rundown of some of the basic features and also shows an example of a student using Explain Everything to show his thinking while balancing a chemical equation.
Several more examples from primary students can be found on this blog post Using Explain Everything in the Primary Classroom
This post explains the process used by some year 6 students to create videos about the water cycle using Explain Everything and iMovie. This is one of the final products:
You don’t always have to create videos. In this video we see how one teacher uses Explain Everything as a mobile IWB.
This post from The History 2.0 Classroom explains how Greg Kulowiec uses Explain Everything to:
- Create Graphics/Posters/Diagrams
- Brainstorm ideas and projects (recording the process)
- As an interactive white board with a recordable option
- As a powerful platform for presentations
I’ve written about Explain Everything on Bytes before, you can read it here.
ABC Splash are running a 90 second news challenge for students. Students are challenged to create a 90 second news video based around the theme ‘What do we need to know about your community in 90 seconds’.
Find more information, resources, tips and full details of how to enter here.
News reports can be created using a mobile phone or video camera or this would be an excellent activity for students to do using the iPads. Entries are open now and the competition closes on June 10. The best videos will by published on the ABC Splash site.
Storybird is a tool to use for creative writing with students to create beautiful illustrated books. Storybird can be used on a computer or through a browser on an iPad. It is suitable for creating picture books or long-form (chapter) books or even poetry.
Storybird has hundreds of themed sets of illustrations freely available to use to illustrate a story. Here’s a snapshot of just a few from a search for penguins:
Search for artwork to fit an existing story or browse the illustrations to inspire a new story. When the story is complete it can be shared free of charge via a link, embedding on a website, through social media or email; or for around $2 you can download a high-quality pdf for printing. There is even the option to have a proper bound book printed from around $15 and they do deliver to Australia.
Teachers can create accounts for their students and then monitor progress and provide feedback through the writing process. Students are able to view and comment on each others work in a safe online space.
Imagine how thrilled the children will be to share their beautifully illustrated stories with their families.
My story isn’t going to win any prizes but it gives you a little idea of what is possible.
Here is some feedback about Storybird from teachers:
“Miss, have you seen that book I had the other day? It’s green and about this big.”
Uhhhm?!! In my idle moments I’ve occasionally thought life would be so much simpler if we just organised the library by colour and size. Well, here’s an example of what that might look like. Some people just have too much time on their hands!
Organising the bookcase. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA
Making stop-motion animation can be easier than you think. Our iPads have an app called Stop Motion – could your students organise your bookshelf?